Left hopeful of victory in Bihar Assembly elections

Last Updated: Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 16:18

Patna: Communist Party of India (CPI) has
expressed confidence that its alliance with CPI (M) and CPI-ML
(Liberation) would reap a substantial "electoral harvest" in
the upcoming Bihar Assembly polls.

"The three left allies would reap a substantial electoral
harvest and have a crucial role in government formation in
the elections to begin on October 21," CPI National Secretary
D Raja said.

He said, "The CPI is contesting 55 of the 243 seats,
CPI-M 30 and CPI-ML 122. We have also agreed to friendly
contests in some seats."

Asked whether the fighting among alliance partners
would impact the showing of the Left parties, he said, "No.

The people have appreciated our stand on changing the
political course in Bihar."

Raja alleged that the NDA, Congress and the RJD-LJP
alliance are contesting for "lust of power and not for love of
the people".

Asked whether he foresaw a hung Assembly in Bihar, Raja
said, "We will be a party to installing a Secular Democratic
Front-government."

Stating that the Human Development Index (HDI) of Bihar
was alarmingly low due to "faulty development initiatives"
taken by successive governments since independence, he said
that the state lagged behind in several parameters including
infrastructure.

"The successive governments of Congress, Lalu Prasad,
Rabri Devi and the present NDA government led by Nitish Kumar
have criminally neglected the welfare of the people," Raja
said.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 16:18

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